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We are assembling our speakers for this year and our keynote speaker is Clint Crookshanks, NTSB, accident investigator. Clint will discuss two landmark firefighting accidents involving one helicopter accident and one tanker accident.
We have an SR-71 presentation for some fun by the last operational pilot of the Blackbird; Lt. Col. Tom McCleary will provide some very interesting aspects of the SR-71 operation.
Boundary Layer Research Aerospace …… Pending
US Forest Service Washington Office Air Program Manager John Nelson will provide an update on a new Very Large Airtanker proposal.
We will have retardant updates and updates from the USFS, several State Forestry Units, and several city and county operators and some additional interesting speakers.

More details to follow. Please make your room reservations now.


Clint Crookshanks will arrive Tuesday and we should have him at out hospitality suite by 6:00 PM; here is your opportunity for one-on-one discussion! We will have a second hospitality “meeting” Wednesday night too for more personal discussions.
Check-in at the El Dorado, Tuesday, December 13. The meeting takes place on Wednesday, December 14. For the AAF group rate, it’s necessary that you make your reservation by November 20. Call the El Dorado Hotel 1-800-648-5966, give reservations the Reference Group name: ASSOCIATED AERIAL FIREFIGHTERS. The Special Group Code is AAFF16. Standard room rate is $40.00 per night and deluxe room rate is $50.00 per night. Check-in is 3:00pm and checkout is noon.
We have hospitality rooms for Tuesday and Wednesday evenings; this is where the business is finished!

If you have questions, please call Dave Wardall 209-274-9160 or E-mail: davidwardall@gmail.com

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Forum, News, Articles

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What happens in Reno?

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Monday Morning

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AAF Conference 2015 report- Submitted by Jim Barnes

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Associated Aerial Firefighters Conference 2015 (Agenda Included)

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It never gets any easier- Jim Barnes

His name was Craig Hunt.  Many of us called him the professor because he was also a chemistry professor at UC.   His wife sometimes called him professor nerd teasing him because of his higher than average intellect.  He actually had many titles … [Continue reading]